It’s a hodge-podge this week…a bit of regret, mixed with Tom Jones and a classic tale of terror!
Memory, by Helen Hoyt
Read by Xe Sands
It’s the last lines that nail me, as I assume the poet intended. Although honestly, this poem doesn’t feel constructed so much as “poured out.” So I don’t know that the poet intended anything – I think she simply felt. And then wrote.
And how much more of a loss is it when you cannot actually conceive of what you have truly lost? To me, that is the greater tragedy here.
Read by Diane Havens
Delighted to have discovered a wonderful new-to-me poet, Cathleen Bailey. This poem is taken from her collection “Wild Howling Woman” and recorded with the poet’s enthusiastic permission. (She does some beautiful readings of her own work on Soundcloud, so have a listen to her as well.)
Cathleen Bailey is a 2011 grant recipient, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh; a 2009 recipient, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Master/Apprentice Fellowship in Traditional Quilting; a 2004 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency; and 2003 recipient, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Fellowship in Literature. Bailey’s work has appeared in Shooting Star Literary Review, A & U Magazine, Cake Train, Sage Woman, Word play Sound, Linden Avenue Literary Journal and forthcoming in Border Crossing. Bailey’s beaded and textile art has shown in the Renwick Gallery of American Art (Washington, DC), among others. Bailey has shared her gift of combining creative writing and fiber art with various organizations including Brooklyn Public Library, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Artists-in-Education Residency Program. Publications include Split Rock/Cracked Cave, poems (2013) Visit her at http://cathleenbailey.blogspot.com
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Part 1, by Washington Irving
Tom Jones – Book 6, Chapter 10, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 6 Chapter 10 of Tom Jones.
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.
In this chapter, Blifil begins to play the cards he’s been collecting and holding close to his chest for such a long time. Squire Western shows up at Allworthy’s house to harangue Allworthy about Sophia being in love with Jones. Clearly, it’s all Allworthy’s fault for raising a bastard with love and compassion, and not at all Western’s fault for treating Jones as a friend and having him over to his estate all the time.
Once Western leaves, Blifil seizes the opportunity to begin sewing seeds of doubt and mistrust of Tom Jones. He tells Allworthy about the time that Allworthy took ill, and conveniently rearranges the order of events in order to make Jones look like a villain. First, instead of Jones being heartbroken at Allworthy’s illness and lashing out at Square, Thwackum and Blifil over their disappointment in their shares of Allworthy’s estate, followed by Jones being overjoyed that Allworthy had recovered, Blifil re-casts the situation to make it seem like Jones was celebrating Allworthy’s illness, and then attacked Thwackum and Blifil when they chastised him. Then, when Thwackum and Blifil came upon a drunken Tom and Molly Seagrim, Blifil makes it seem like Tom somehow attacked them, rather than Tom defending Molly when Thwackum tried to sneak up on them. Alas, it seems like Blifil has already succeeded, since Allworthy has all but said he believes everything that Blifil has told him, without needing to consult with Jones.